Courtyard Extension, New Town, Edinburgh

Working with one of our developer clients, Jefcoate Anderson Architects were tasked with designing an extension and home office/guest accommodation to their home, a three storey Georgian townhouse, in the west end of Edinburgh’s New Town.

The requirement to separate work from family life was important to client and our brief was to create a peaceful working environment, connected to the existing house whilst, at the same time providing a sense of separation.

Our solution was to locate the home office at the end of the walled garden, as far from the existing house as possible and then to connect both areas with a glazed link, and in doing so creates a courtyard onto which each space looks out. The effect is to create a clear distinction between new and old, work and play, whilst creating a cohesive and harmonious whole.

Contemporary in form, the design of the extension is nonetheless calm and restrained using a muted pallet of materials which complement the existing townhouse including random rubble sandstone, zinc and dark grey timber windows.  

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